I'm sure you've been in the same boat. You've picked up a new phone, one that you've never touched before, and you immediately start noticing things you'd change. It's stemmed from a lot of different things, like preference and past devices, but there's always something you'd change. Be it software or hardware, something could use a few tweaks, or maybe a larger change overall. Whatever the case or specifics, we haven't reached the point where a perfect device exists quite yet (but I'm sure one's been pretty close, though).
That's why I don't feel all that bad that I started my challenge with the LG G Flex wanting to change some things. I made a quick list, the five things I'd change, but I made a point to suggest that maybe, with more time, I'd change my own mind about those things.
I think the only thing I've loosened up on is the software version. The G Flex may not be running Android 4.4 KitKat, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The phone is super quick, hasn't lagged on me yet, and the features therein are still worthy of usage. No, it's not the latest software, but that shouldn't lessen the overall quality of the phone. Especially since the current software doesn't degrade the experience in any way.
I thought it was about time to talk about some things I actually like about the G Flex.
Yes. There are some things I like.
I've been pretty straightforward when it comes to phones with six-inch displays. I can understand the appeal of them. I know why some folks out there might like their smartphone to be this big. I get it. I do. I just don't like it. That hasn't changed with the G Flex, at least not in a way that I expected. I still don't like using the phone as my primary device due to the screen size, but I can say that it's a surprisingly comfortable handset to hold. Unlike every other six-inch (or bigger) smartphone I've used in the past, the G Flex is actually quite comfortable in the grip. It's a combination of the lightweight design, but also the thinness, I believe. It's still too big for my personal tastes, but at least it isn't uncomfortable like so many other huge phones.
The camera is the most important feature on a smartphone for me these days, thanks to my daughters. The camera on the G Flex hasn't necessarily been one of the strongest sell points for the device, but that's more to due with the curved display stealing all the limelight. The 13-megapixel shooter on the back of the device is perfectly capable of taking quick photos when you need to, even if the low-light shooting isn't fantastic. The camera's interface isn't the worst on the market, either.
Out of the box, especially in this day-and-age with quad-core processors clocked to ridiculous levels, the experience of a phone is generally pretty snappy. Transitions fade in and out quickly, and you're given access to apps and games with ease. The same can be said for LG's G Flex, but here's the thing: it all seems to happen even faster than it does on other phones. What's more, this experience has stayed the same over a week later, and with heavy usage. With apps installed, used, and pictures taken. Plus whatever else one may do to slow down a phone over time. Memory taken up. Whatever I've thrown at the device, so far it's handled it exceptionally well. Much like the G2, LG's managed to make their phones ridiculously speedy.
It's not a lengthy list, at least not yet, but these things are pretty important as far as I'm concerned. The speed of a device, the camera and the comfortably of it in your hand all play a big role when you're trying to buy any device, so it's good that the G Flex scores top marks in these departments. Several steps in the right direction. We'll have to wait and see what stands out to me later into my challenge, if anything at all. For now though, the G Flex is hovering somewhere in between "like and dislike," much more than any other device in recent memory. That should be an accomplishment of its own, maybe.